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I currently have three verticals on my HT. My friend has decided to come into our world and was discussing the option up front. So the question is. Are three quality monitor better than three floors??? If monitors are the answer, then which ones?
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what speakers do you have now? what is your new speaker budget? room size? what will your usage be, movies, music, gaming, etc. do you need new sub(s), what sub do you have now?

Dynaudio Focus 260s, Focus 210C, DM 2/6, Hsu VTF2 MK4, Oppo BDP-103,
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He is starting from scratch. Budget for speakers is roughly 2500 give or take. 18*13 room. Mostly movies.
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And this is just for the front 3 speakers?

Dynaudio Focus 260s, Focus 210C, DM 2/6, Hsu VTF2 MK4, Oppo BDP-103,
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Well the rears shouldn't be a boatload. At least I don't think. So if we set aside 1000 for the rears, then we have 1500 for the fronts.
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I use monitors, and I found that they were better then most towers in same price range that I heard. I have Dynaudio X16s and X22 Center used in a room that is about the same size as your buddies. Cost was about $2450 with stands.

The Monitor Audio RX8 and RX Center was very good for a tower setup.

Salk should have a setup of Monitors and a Center that would fit the budget and be pretty good too. I dont think they have center channels on their website, but you can get them to quote and make you one. I havent heard these, but their reputation is very good.


for a full setup of 5.1 speakers

for the price, a great set of monitors will be better then most towers you will find in that price range. My suggestions would be these

Monitor Audio RX1, RX Center, BXFX or RX1 for surrounds, available at www.audioadvisor.com

Focal Chorus 706V, CC700V, and SR700V or 705V for surrounds, available at www.musicdirect.com

Dynaudio DM2/6 for fronts and surrounds and DM Center, you will have to find a local dealer.

PSB B6 and C5 setup or Paradigm Center 3 and Monitor 3 would be good setups too. You will need to find a local Paradigm dealer, PSB can be bought on www.audioadvisor.com or at saturday audio exchange online website, i think its www.saturdayaudio.com.

For a subwoofer, I would suggest that you look at the Hsu VTF2 MK4 or the SVS NSD-PB12.

Dynaudio Focus 260s, Focus 210C, DM 2/6, Hsu VTF2 MK4, Oppo BDP-103,
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There is no "right" answer. Audition both. Great results can come from either. Just make sure you get a quality sub(s). Best results are achieved with three identical speakers up front. With your budget, 600 is more than enough for rears. Do a quick thread search for home theatre speakers around your budget, you'll see lots of suggestions. Try and audition in your room, it is the only way to truely get a proper feel for said speakers. Be realistic about expectations. If you want clean reference, check out the thread on high sensitivity, low distortion speakers.
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Also, look at the KEF iQ30, buy 3 pair and use one as a center - at this price,
it is worth having one speaker as a spare.
http://www.kefdirect.com/iq30-bookshelf-loudspeaker.html

If interested, the center iQ60c is here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882156010&Tpk=kef%20iq60c

That can leave you money, to invest in a good sub

iQ90 - here
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/542082593/kef-iq90-black-ash?
iQ70 - here
http://www.kefdirect.com/iq70-floorstanding-loudspeaker.html

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